The Backstory

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Marilyn Shaw Paul has been presenting workshops to educators since 1994, when she and a colleague presented their multi-faceted social studies unit, “Perspectives of Vietnam” to the annual conference of the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) in Providence, Rhode Island. The workshop was well received and the two educators were invited back to present the unit again in 1995, 1996, and 1997.

In addition to sharing her own learning, Marilyn’s hunger for personal growth led her to travel to many regional and national professional conferences, including annual gatherings of NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) and NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies). With all that experience, Marilyn learned well the value of quality professional development, which remains her primary goal in presenting workshops.

Past workshop presentations include:

  • Teaching HTML to Eighth Graders (co-presented with the school’s technology coordinator) at the  Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference
  • Using Technology in the Classroom, a five-hour presentation to the Upper Valley Teachers Institute (now named Upper Valley Educators Institute)
  • Using the Art of the Great Masters to Achieve Left Brain-Right Brain Integration (co-presented with her former Vietnam unit teaching partner)
  • Getting Students to Show Their Learning Through Integrated Arts (co-presented with a team of teachers from Henniker Community School to art teachers of New Hampshire)
  • Every Student Can Write Poetry!
  • Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books: A 7th Grade Unit
  • Reaching Every Student Through Multiple Intelligences
  • Blogging
  • 6-Traits and John Collins: Working Together
  • Using NWEA’s Dynamic Reports
  • Using Data to Inform Instruction (co-presented with school principal)
  • Teaching Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom (co-presented with school enrichment coordinator)

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